15 March 2015

China shop progress

I have started cutting out my hexagon flowers for the China Shop quilt.  I love the effect of fussy cutting but do not like the process.

I always feel like a vandal when I see all the holes in my precious fabrics.

Here are a few of them all cut and ready for English paper piecing.

A lot of work to be done to finish this process and I had hoped to more or less keep up with each monthly issue of Homespun.  When I look at all these flowers I think I might have been overly optimistic.

08 March 2015

Now for some applique

I thought I would complete the United Stitches quilt before starting any new projects but that was before I saw the latest issue of Homespun magazine and fell in love with the quilt designed by Kaffe Fassett called China Shop.  Fortunately this is a block of the month project so I can take my time with it and still work on my little embroideries.  Being designed by Kaffe the intention is that his fabrics are used but, (shoot me down in flames)  I am going to include some Liberty fabrics which have been in the cupboard for ages just waiting for the perfect project to come along and I think it has.

Some progress has been made and two vases are ready to be appliqued.

They are scarily large.  This is going to be a big quilt.

Now I have to make some hexagon flowers which will be a challenge as these are not my favourite things to make.  However, I do think I am ready for a new challenge after months of inactivity. Maybe if I say English paper piecing instead of hexagons I will enjoy the process more.

02 March 2015

More embroidery

Another embroidery project.   This is called United Stitches and it was created with the stitching community in mind.  Every little kit includes 2 of the same stitchery so that it can be swapped with friends, sewing groups or through the facebook community.  Luckily for me two of the ladies from my sewing group have decided to stitch along with me so we will be able to exchange patterns.  Once completed, they can be sewn into a bed quilt, a wall quilt, or any other project which takes your fancy.  I will probably make a quilt.  No surprise there.

One embroidery completed.  Lots more to come.

27 February 2015

A little embroidery

You might recognise this embroidery from the Vignette Mystery Quilt and you might have thought that I was "embroidered out" of this particular style of stitching.  While there was a LOT of it in the quilt I did enjoy doing it and when I spotted this little doily in the Vignette Magazine I thought it would be a quick and easy project.

I backed it with a pretty piece of  Liberty fabric.

Now it provides a perfect centrepiece for the table.

21 February 2015


It has been a long time between posts but the main reason for this is because I have been computerless for a couple of months.  John and I tried to share for a while, but it was not very successful.  Yesterday we decided to bite the bullet and buy a second laptop.  To celebrate that and the end of chemo  here is the third of the quilts completed while I have been undergoing my treatment.  I am so excited to have finished this and hope that my strength returns very soon.

I bought most of the fabric in this quilt on a trip to Melbourne some years ago and have been wanting to do something with it ever since.

Simple squares and large stitch quilting made it an easy and relatively fast project.

I called it Playtime for obvious reasons.

Now it has gone to live with the little girls where, no doubt, it will be used to make cubbies and other fun things.

I really like striped binding and seem to have used it on most of my recent quilts.  Did I mention how pleased I am to have finished my treatment.

03 January 2015

Bringing back the pastels

The Christmas tinsel and glitter has been packed away for another year and it's time to bring back the soft pastels I love.

A pretty soy candle (yet to be lit) and three little rosebuds provide just the right karma for an afternoon on the couch downloading my favourite magazines from the library (free - how good is that) and catching up on some feel good reading.

02 January 2015

Putting out fires?

After much searching, I found these little fire engines and a digger for the little boys.

A fire engine each for the twins (in an attempt to avoid any arguments), and a digger for little C.  In actual fact, the fire engines might be needed to put out the fire which will occur if the twins decide they would prefer their coins to come packaged in a digger.

I found a lot of papercraft cars, trucks etc but some of them involved a great deal of effort to assemble and I was looking for something quick and easy.

These took only a couple of minutes to print, fold and fill with chocolate coins.

I hope they like them and if they are demolished in the process of getting to the treats inside then it doesn't matter.

Pleased to report that no fires had to be extinguished and all seemed happy with their respective fire engines and digger.